Djokovic will lead off for Serbs against Canada

8:34 AM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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Belgrade, Serbia (Sports Network) - The 2013 Davis Cup semifinal between Serbia and Canada will get underway Friday with an opening singles rubber pitting the hosts' world No. 1 star, Novak Djokovic, against Milos Raonic.

Djokovic-Raonic will be followed by a match between the Serbs' Janko Tipsarevic and Canada's Vasek Pospisil.

Saturday's doubles rubber calls for a Serbian duo of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic to take on a Canadian tandem of Pospisil and 41-year-old doubles great Daniel Nestor.

Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Djokovic against the world No. 11 Montenegro native Raonic and Tipsarevic versus Pospisil.

The best-of-five tie will be played indoors on red clay at Belgrade Arena.

The Australian Open champion Djokovic is fresh off his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open on Monday. He was also the runner-up at Wimbledon in July. The super Serb is 22-7 lifetime in his Davis Cup singles outings and led his country to its' lone Davis Cup title three years ago.

Team Serbia is captained by Bogdan Obradovic, while Canada, appearing in its' first-ever Davis Cup semi, is skippered by Martin Laurendeau. This will mark the first meeting between the two nations.

The winner in Belgrade will meet the Argentina-Czech Republic victor in the World Group final in November.

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